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City Communications Office

City of Kansas City, Mo.

CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, Water Services, 816-513-0232


Wastewater overflows into Indian Creek watershed

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department reports a wastewater overflow due to a debris (toilet paper and sanitary products) blockage.

An overflowing manhole at the intersection of Wornall Road and 103rd Street was found on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 3:15 p.m. The blockage was cleared and flow returned to normal at 5:45 p.m.

The manhole overflowed at the rate of about 5 gallons per minute for a total of approximately 625 gallons.

The sewage reached Indian Creek. Samples will be collected from the creek. The area has been cleaned and signs have been posted.

The release of untreated sewage from sewer systems, such as this, is known as a sanitary sewer overflow and represents a potential threat to public health and the environment. Most of the overflows occur during wet weather events. However, in this instance, the overflow occurred during a dry weather event due to a debris blockage.

For more information, contact Colleen Doctorian, public information officer for the Water Services Department at 816-513-0232.

The Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department maintains and operates water collection, processing and distribution systems, storm water management and control systems, and waste water collection and processing systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City region. Operation is funded entirely by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services, not by taxes.


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